Martin P Kansler (1917 - 1988)

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Martin P Kansler
1917 - 1988
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February 7, 1917
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March 26, 1988
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Winterhaven, Imperial County, California 92283
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Martin P Kansler was born on February 7, 1917. He died on March 26, 1988 at 71 years of age. We know that Martin P Kansler had been residing in Winterhaven, Imperial County, California 92283.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Martin P Kansler died on March 26, 1988 at 71 years of age. He was born on February 7, 1917. We have no information about Martin's surviving family. We know that Martin P Kansler had been residing in Winterhaven, Imperial County, California 92283.

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In 1917, in the year that Martin P Kansler was born, in April, the U.S. entered World War I, declaring war against Germany. President Wilson had previously declared neutrality in the war - a position supported by the majority of Americans - but after Germany declared that they would sink all ships trading with Great Britain and sunk U.S. ships, public opinion began to change. Then the Lusitania was sunk, killing 1,201 - including 128 Americans - and more U.S. ships were sunk. The U.S. could stand aside no longer.

In 1921, he was merely 4 years old when the silent film The Sheik, directed by George Melford and starring Rudolph Valentino and Agnes Ayres (also featuring Adolphe Menjou) debuted on October 21st. Critics weren't enthusiastic but the public loved it - in the first few weeks 125,000 people had seen the movie - and it eventually exceeded $1 million in ticket sales. And Rudolph Valentino, an Italian American, became the heartthrob of a female generation.

In 1947, at the age of 30 years old, Martin was alive when on November 25th, the Hollywood "Black List" was created by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Ten Hollywood writers and directors had refused to testify to the Committee regarding "Communists" or "Reds" in the movie industry. The next day, the blacklist was created and they were fired.

In 1976, when he was 59 years old, on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

In 1988, in the year of Martin P Kansler's passing, on December 16th, 1988 the popular film Rain Man was released. Featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. this film brought attention to autistic savants and was based on the "megasavant" Laurence Kim Peek. The film would later go to win four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

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